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SDForum Presents Second Annual Teens in Technology Conference

Teens Plugged In! Event Offers Tech Community Insight Into How Teens are Changing the Face of Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SDForum, Silicon Valley's leading source of information and education in the technology community, today announced speakers for the Second Annual Teens Plugged In!: Teens in Technology Conference to be held Tuesday, May 13, 2008 from 8:30am - 6pm at the Hewlett Packard Auditorium in Palo Alto. This event includes a networking/mentoring reception and provides the opportunity to learn first hand from teens how they are driving the tech industry and what new ideas they're working on themselves to move the industry forward.

"Teens today have always had the Internet, and the use of social networking for communicating is second nature to them," said Anand Iyer, Developer Evangelist, Microsoft. "The way they use technology now and the fresh ideas they have for new innovations play a major role in the evolution of technology products and services. Microsoft is proud to take part in such an insightful, future-forward event."

Teens use technology to communicate like no generation before them, embracing new social networking capabilities via text messaging, IM, MySpace/ Facebook, online gaming and other mediums. Technology permeates their lives and their demand for innovative technologies drive the industry in a significant way.

"Teens are a critical audience and a key indicator of the next big trends to come in consumer technology," said Sergio Monsalve, principal, Norwest Venture Partners (NVP). "The Teens in Technology Conference offers an excellent platform for investors, teens and entrepreneurs of all ages to discuss how to market products to the next generation of users, as well as showcase teen entrepreneurs with promising new business ideas."

Hearing what teens have to say about technology firsthand is critical for Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, investors, business strategists and product managers. Teens Plugged In! is the only conference to listen to teens as they use technology, start companies and write software. The event is designed specifically for them to express themselves about social networking, electronics, digital music, gaming and more on the public stage.

"Just like kids love sports, music and art, I like being an entrepreneur," said Anshul Samar, 8th grade CEO of Alchemist Empire, Inc., the makers of the chemistry card game Elementeo. "If you have a dream backed up with determination, anyone at any age can create a product, combat the obstacles, and conquer the world! If things mess up, you would have still have your skateboard in your garage, and a basketball hoop in your backyard."

"Teens are not only users and consumers of technology, but drivers of technology, as well," said Susan Lucas-Conwell, CEO of SDForum. "Teens in Tech is an exceptional opportunity to celebrate teen innovation and encourage teens in their efforts to change technology and the tech eco-system as we know it."

Some speakers include: Andrew Braccia, Accel Daniel Brusilovsky, Developer Richard Escobedo, Teens in Tech Jasmine France, CNET Joel Franusic, SuperHappyDevHouse Steve Hoffman, ROCKETON Anand Iyer, Microsoft Jae Joh, Stanford/Gumball Capital Mazy Kazerooni, UStream Drew Lavine, Developer Alina Libova, Cal Poly Courtney Macavinta, Respectrx Sergio Monsalve, Norwest Venture Partners Anshul Samar, Alchemist Empire Richard "Shooby" Kumar, Developer Jeff Siebert, Stanford Whitney Smith, Girls for a Change Elizabeth Stock, Computers for Youth Matt Thompson, Sun Allison Tilley, Pillsbury Winthrop Salina Truong, Gumball Capital Event: Teens Plugged In! Teens in Technology Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 Time: 8:30am - 6:00pm Location: Hewlett-Packard Auditorium in Palo Alto, CA Press Registration

Media are invited to attend the event. For media registration, please contact Jennifer Lankford at [email protected].

About SDForum

SDForum has been instrumental in setting the high tech industry agenda for more than 22 years. As a high-tech non-profit dedicated to educating and creating relationships within the technology community, SDForum provides the latest insights on emerging technology trends and best business practices through events, specialized services and resources. The SDForum reaches 12,000 software professionals annually, through more than 20 programs a month that promote emerging technologies and business practices. Long-standing relationships in Silicon Valley include technology companies such as HP, IBM, Microsoft, Nokia, SAP and Sun Microsystems. In addition, SDForum has support from the City of San Jose, and sponsorship from over 30 venture capital firms, financial institutions, multinational enterprises, international trade organizations and service providers. For more information, visit http://www.sdforum.org/.

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